The Lord’s Day
Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead on the same day.
Ignatius was a disciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of John himself; thus, since Ignatius explicitly identifies “the Lord’s Day” as that day “on which our life as well as theirs shone forth,” John’s more ambiguous reference appears more certain to describe the first day of the week as a special, dedicated sacred day.... Continue Reading
God has given us His Holy Spirit in order that we might put off sin and put on righteousness.
Sin seeps into the core of our being and makes detox extremely difficult. In fact, my gluten illustration breaks down here because it can be eliminated from a person’s diet. However, sin touches us at a heart level (Matthew 15:19, Jeremiah 17:9) and stays with us until our final breath. That being said, victory over indwelling... Continue Reading
Consistent, Persevering Prayer
Our ultimate reliance on Christ for success in spiritual warfare is underscored in Ephesians 6:18.
Praying at all times is nothing less than taking every opportunity to acknowledge our weakness and our need for the Lord’s mighty help against Satan. Prayerful dependence must be the consistent attitude of our hearts, both in difficult times that make us quick to run to God and when prosperous seasons tempt us to forget... Continue Reading
Who is Jesus Christ?
He is the Word, the λόγος. He is the creator of all things. He is God. He is eternal. He has always existed. In Him is the life.
Jesus asked the following question of His Apostles,“But who do you say that I am?” Is Jesus just a good man, or good teacher, or great prophet in your heart? Is He just the founder of the Christian religion? Or is He the Son of God, the creator of all things who went to the... Continue Reading
If I Could Preach Only One Sermon: Love God
And if one will not love God now on earth, neither will he find himself loving God later in heaven.
Let us also remember that Jesus taught the first and greatest commandment in Scripture is to love our God with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:36-38). He quoted the “Great Shema” in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (Hear O Israel!) and we ought not miss this call to listen connected with the summons to obeyGod’s commands... Continue Reading
Like a Little Salt
Has the grace of Jesus Christ made you the salt of the earth?
Christ challenges us, asking, “Are you truly salty? Or has the world leached away the Word from your heart?” If we lack the marks of saving grace that Christ outlines in the Beatitudes, we have no “saltiness”, and are “good for nothing.” Henry said, “A wicked man is the worst of creatures; a wicked Christian... Continue Reading
Tried with Fire: Want Wisdom?
Wisdom is the ability to make good choices in the absence of a definite rule.
The Bible has much to say about wisdom. One of the most profound statements is found in James 1:5. James tells his readers that if anyone lacks wisdom, “let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” God does not reproach those who desire... Continue Reading
How to Teach Your Kids to Study the Bible
The essence of Bible study is asking questions of the text to discover the meaning God intended.
Two key difference between reading and study are pacing and focus. When we read the Bible, we generally do so at the quickest pace our comprehension will allow. We may consume large chunks at one time, such as reading an entire book. We also look for the broad outlines of the text to know what... Continue Reading
Who’s Your One?
We must learn to do for the one what we wished we could do for the many.
Evangelism is a biblical mandate for every Christian. Yet you find it difficult, don’t you? So do it. The thought of standing on some street corner with a megaphone or knocking on some random person’s door frightens the daylights out of me! But I refuse to use what I cannot do as well as others... Continue Reading
“No One is Righteous”: How to Read with the Righteous in the Psalms
We find hope and security in the promises for the righteous, trusting that they are ultimately ours because we are Christ’s.
When the psalmists take up the moniker “righteous,” they are not adducing moral perfection or proclaiming to be self-righteous. They are not saying, “God is going to take care of me because I am morally perfect.” So, what is the difference between righteousness and self-righteousness? The Psalms are rich spiritual food for the Christian... Continue Reading